One of the most vital living writers and the author of “an instant classic” by The New York Times Book Review, Garth Greenwell has released a highly anticipated follow-up to his beloved debut, What Belongs to You, called Cleanness!

But if you are not familiar with Garth’s first work, we definitely recommend that you check this book out as soon as possible!

But here’s summary for you. So, the whole story follows an American teacher who is living in Sofia, Bulgaria and who is trying to answer questions on what it means to seek connection: with those we love, with the places we inhabit, and with our own fugitive selves.

Here, the sex is a mercurial series of emotional states, so the author is lyrical and precise in his descriptions of desires and motivations he suggests are not subject to control or understanding.

As for Cleanness, the second part revisits and expands the world of Garth Greenwell’s beloved debut, telling about the same teacher who prepares to leave Sofia and who grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad, each bearing uncanny reminders of his past.

Thus, Cleanness is a sublime book, transcending not only autofiction or LGBTQ writing, but the very barrier between stories and novel, fiction and non-fiction. It’s an indelible story about the ways in which our pasts and cultures, our scars and shames can shape who we are and determine how we love.

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